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NEW THEATRE FOR CAMBODIA'S YOUNG GENERATION

For over a quarter of a century, the Cambodian people have waited for justice. The on-going Khmer Rouge tribunal at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) aims to provide justice to the Cambodian people, those who died and those who survived. But the trials are also for a new generation - to educate Cambodia's youth about the darkest chapter in Cambodia's recent history. However, surveys show that too few students are genuinely interested. Many of them would rather enjoy a modernized Cambodia and put the past behind them. To counter this worrying trend the “Cambodian-German Cultural Association” (KDKG e.V.), Meta House and its NGO partners “Youth for Peace” and “Khmer Arts Action” are conducting an innovative school theatre project THE COURAGEOUS TURTLE with funding from the German “Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen” (IFA).


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Cambodian culture experienced a deep and devastating blow during the terrible years of the Khmer Rouge regime. Performing arts were banned and artists, artisans, dancers and musicians were targeted.

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The narrative of the theatre play THE COURAGEOUS TURTLE follows Cambodian high school student Panha, who finds out about his family history by coincidence. Moreover, a pet turtle teaches

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